Man shot by Kent Police had sub-machine gun

LONDON Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:13pm GMT

An undated photo of a police officer standing behind police tape. Armed police officers shot a man dead on Saturday near Sevenoaks, Kent police said. REUTERS/Martin Bennett

An undated photo of a police officer standing behind police tape. Armed police officers shot a man dead on Saturday near Sevenoaks, Kent police said.

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LONDON (Reuters) - A man shot dead by police at a village near Sevenoaks in Kent had been reported wielding an Uzi-type sub-machine gun, the police watchdog said on Sunday.

Unarmed Kent Police officers went to Stansted village on Saturday morning in response to a call that a man was threatening a member of the public, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said.

Two armed response units joined the officers and challenged the man, who was white and aged around 40.

Police then shot the man two times and he died at the scene.

The IPCC said its investigation into the shooting was progressing. It said a weapon recovered from the scene matched the description given in the call to police.

The watchdog said the dead man was from Kent but was not believed to have been local to Stansted.

He is not thought to have held a firearms licence or to have been a member of a registered gun club.

Police have removed a vehicle from the area which is believed to have belonged to the man.

It is the second fatal police shooting in the area this year.

An IPCC inquiry is continuing into the death of shop worker Ann Sanderson, 37, who was shot dead by police in a Sevenoaks car park in June.

(Reporting by Tim Castle)

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